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Greenberg on the wild, wacky ACC

Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg is never at a loss for words. But when asked to describe the topsy-turvy ACC, he borrowed the words of ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy.

"It's no different than the NBA: it's a make or miss league," Greenberg said of the ACC. "If you make shots, you're going to be in pretty good shape. If you don't, you're not."

The ACC has been defined this year by, well, it's lack of definition. Who's up? Who's down? It's hard to tell because teams keep beating each other, and as of now, there's not clear sense for how things will shake out.

Only Virginia (12-4, 3-0) is undefeated in league play, but the Cavaliers have poor nonconference losses to the likes of Penn State and Auburn. And while Miami (15-4, 1-4) opened the year 15-1, it has slipped out of the top 25.

"It's just crazy," Greenberg said.

On Wednesday night, the upsets kept coming. North Carolina State defeated No. 7 Duke, 88-74, in Raleigh, N.C., for the Blue Devils' second conference loss. Wake Forest knocked off No. 24 North Carolina, 82-69 in Chapel Hill, where Tar Heels' fans are suffering after their team lost four of their last five.

"Ish Smith was just a one-man fast break; he looked like Ty Lawson," Greenberg said, comparing Wake Forest's current point guard to the former Tar Heels' standout point guard. "He's just so fast. But Carolina's going to be really, really good. This will help them be stronger in the bigger picture."

North Carolina is a traditional power playing with young players, but it may still end up in the NCAA tournament come March. So far, though, that bigger picture is looking awfully uncertain in the wild and wacky ACC.

By Mark Viera  |  January 21, 2010; 2:39 PM ET
 
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